Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


September 1, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — War should not be our first option

As a veteran, I have watched with dismay while our country goes from one conflict to another.  It seems that we believe that we should use our military as world police.

Yet, we have had very little success bringing peace. Some would say we have a moral imperative to attack the evil doers. After Syria, I have to ask who is next?

We know that evil North Korea is just asking for it while its people starve. The Chinese continue with impunity to abuse their own while working to pass us economically. Iran still works on making the bomb while imposing second-class citizenship on its women.

Which one of these do you think we should go after next? Or do you have a suggestion for a better target?

My point is that we can always find a reason to go to war, but war is no longer effective and should not be our option of first resort.

Steve Stewart, Russell

Creativity saves county money

Bridges have been in the news a lot lately. Here’s some good news on a smaller area bridge that has an interesting twist.

This is the Boyd County Fiscal Court bridge located on Ky. 5/Rockhouse Road near Ironville, spanning Big Hoods Creek. Rockhouse Road is a major local connector between Ashland and the Flatwoods, Naples and Danleyton areas of Greenup County.

The Boyd County Fiscal Court received little notice from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet early this year that based on a recent inspection, the old bridge was unsafe and had to be immediately closed. Rockhouse Road has a lot of traffic and closing this bridge would have resulted in inconvenience for area residents,  emergency vehicles, with many added miles to detour.

Boyd County didn’t just close Rockhouse Road as many would have done. They found a creative way to keep it open.

Boyd County had an old “Bailey bridge” on hand previously used by the military for temporary bridges. The county initially installed the Bailey bridge atop the old bridge. The Bailey bridge was then moved just downstream to allow the original bridge to be demolished. The work was done by our skilled road department employees. They’ve just completed building a new bridge in the same location as the old one. It should last 50 years.

Some may argue the county did was cost construction workers jobs. Not true, because the county received little or no notice of the closure. The cost of the bridge was thus not a budgeted item. Contracting the work out would have meant the bridge being closed for a year or more until funds were budgeted.

Fiscal court members and road department  employees made a significant effort here. Building a new bridge with county road department labor saved taxpayers a lot of money. 

We appreciate their efforts.

Paul Amburgey, Ashland

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